So you might have read the title of this blog and been like “Urghhhh again? Seriously Girija, when can you NOT write about cheesy things?” But guys…there’s just a lot to be cheesy about! Plus cheesy things make everyone feel warm and fuzzy on the inside (unless you’re lactose intolerant! HAHA terrible joke I’m sorry), and that’s exactly what Lighting of the Quads did for me.

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Taking a break from singing along to the music to take a picture

Last Tuesday night, Hopkins held our 9th annual Lighting of the Quads ceremony. On this night, everyone gathers on the main quad, or Keyser quad, and the MSE library and Gilman Hall are lit up with holiday lights. Sounds like it would be easy to flip a switch and have the lights turn on, right? Wrong! This year there was a short program involved, which made the evening more exciting. To kick off the program, Student Government set up tables for each class and was handing out free items to students that got there in time. Unfortunately, I was not one of those students, but there were some nice gifts that were given out!

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Front of Gilman Hall

The program then continued with three A capella groups singing lovely holiday music, which proved that one can never get tired of jamming out to Mariah Carey’s “All I want for Christmas is you.” This was followed by a fun speech by President Daniels, who also gave us a mini pre-exam week trivia quiz, and led us in a countdown to turning on the lights.  Just as the quad lit up, a little fireworks display went off to end the night. The ceremony itself was beautiful, but the sense of community at this event was even more wonderful.

I didn’t think it was possible to fit so many students, faculty and their families, staff etc., on the quad. Every way I looked I saw a new face, and while it was surprising, it was nice to know that everyone in the school community came out for this one event. We came together to celebrate each other’s company (with some divine hot apple cider and doughnuts), and to start off the holiday season right. It was lots of fun to be a part of this tradition, and I can’t wait to join in on more!


And finally, a lit up MSE library!